Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who provides bond or surety for another.
  • n. A male bondservant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male slave.
  • n. A male indentured servant.
  • n. Someone who signs a bond that states that they have taken responsibility for someone else's obligations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slave; a villain; a serf; a bondman.
  • n. A surety; one who is bound, or who gives security, for another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a surety; one who is bound or who by bond becomes surety for another.
  • n. Same as bondman, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male slave
  • n. someone who signs a bond as surety for someone else
  • n. a male bound to serve without wages

Etymologies

bonds +‎ -man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The sheriff, who started his career in the jail and has focused on detentions throughout his time in office, says he called a bondsman "to inquire as to the process of how a $300,000 bond works, so [Day's] family would know the process and understand their options."

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  • VELEZ-MITCHELL: No, listen, you know, the $50,000 goes back to the bail bondsman, which is your nephew, so it stays in the family, is what he ` s saying.

    CNN Transcript Aug 26, 2008

  • He knows I'll call the bondsman and tell them to go get him out, and they will.

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • About 7 a.m. Spicer was released from his cell to complete the booking process and call a bondsman, which normally is not done at the time intoxicated subjects are arrested.

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  • If your loved ones have problems and got to jail - you might need bail bondsman aka bail agents.

    Bot Street Journal

  • They've been out of jail; they're just going to call another bondsman and get another bond.

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  • The person may also have to hire a bondsman which is another added costs to the fine, he added.

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  • We wanted to briefly note this bizarre little story from the weekend, involving the spokesman for Proposition 102, the "bondsman bailout" initiative and an alleged shoving match with Attorney General John Suthers.

    "Democrat" Bail Bond Initiative Guy's Got Some 'Splaining To Do

  • When bail bondsman Deion Carver ends up dead in his office, the only clues left behind are a partial footprint in blood and a bug that Beckett discovers hidden on Carver's phone.

    Castle Episode Recap: "Under the Gun"

  • On this episode of Castle, Beckett and Castle investigate the murder of a bail bondsman.

    Castle Episode Recap: "Under the Gun"

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